Sound City: Real to Reel

Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City about the history of Los Angeles recording studio Sound City Studios premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival January 18th. The recording studio founded in 1969, was located at what had previously been a showroom and recording studio of the British musical equipment manufacturer Vox, best known for its amplifiers. Until its commercial studio services were discontinued in May 2011, over a hundred certified gold and platinum albums were recorded there. 
Grohl was inspired to direct the documentary after purchasing several items from the studio when it closed in 2011, including the studio’s custom analog console, which he moved to his personal studio, Studio 606. He recorded the album Nevermind with Nirvana at Sound City Studios. Other legendary recordings include albums from Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Pat Benatar, Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, and Triggerfinger’s All This Dancin’ Around.
The film captures the story of the studio throughout its existence and follows Dave as he incorporates the console at 606. It features interviews and performances from some of the famous musicians who made rock history at the studio, such as Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Lars Ulrich, Paul McCartney and Stevie Nicks.
To commemorate some of rock’s greatest albums, Grohl united an impressive line-up of artists to collaborate on a new album, recorded at Studio 606, using Sound City’s legendary console. The official soundtrack Sound City: Real to Reel is set to be released on March 12.
To get a feel of rock’s studio of fame, watch the trailer. One of three songs already streaming on YouTube is You Can’t Fix This, featuring Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins and keyboardist Rami Jaffee, with Stevie Nicks on vocal. She wrote the track when dealing with the death of her godson. Listen to it here, and watch a Live performance on Letterman’s Late Show.

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Haim hail the Sound

BBC’s Sound of 2013 has a winner. The poll in its 11th year, Haim have been elected as rising stars of the year ahead. London R&B duo AlunaGeorge is the runner-up. New York-based rapper Angel Haze came in third.
Previous winners were Michael Kiwanuka (2012), Jessie J (2011), Ellie Goulding (2010), Little Boots (2009), Adele (2008), Mika (2007), Corinne Bailey Rae (2006), The Bravery (2005), Keane (2004) and 50 Cent (2003). Other names you may have heard of ending up in the top five in previous years include Frank Ocean, Marina and the Diamonds and Florence and the Machine.
Californian sisters Este Danielle and Alana Haim started out in a family band with their parents but have since made their own way. The girls, though only in their early twenties, already supported Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons on tour, and have already been compared to the sound of Fleetwood Mac. They all play guitar, drums and sing. Judging the names shortlisted before, they will surely deliver their promise.

Black Gold: Record Store Day, April 21st

Tomorrow is International Record Store Day, a celebration of the independent record store. Vintage Soul sounds best on black vinyl, any genre for that matter. A long player and its artwork are collectibles. 7” and 12” are often exclusive shit. What a feeling, putting on the needle. Come compact disc, come mp3, Vinyl never went anywhere.
To celebrate the existence of vinyl a string of artists will release limited editions. Gotan Project will be releasing two new tracks Strength To Love, featuring South Africa’s Tumi, and Checkmate/Jaque Mate, blending tango and spoken word. Triggerfinger will put two popular covers on one 10”: the obvious I Follow Rivers, and the recent Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, featuring Little Trouble Kids. Other special releases include ABBA, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Intergalactic Lovers, Lana Del Rey, Leonard Cohen, ao.
All through the day acts will be performing live in participating stores. Get up early and make the most of RSD.